Gisborne District Council

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Gisborne District Council

Te Kaunihera o Te Tairāwhiti
of Gisborne District
HousesGoverning Body
Term limits
FoundedMarch 6, 1989 (1989-03-06)
Rehette Stoltz
Seats13 seats (1 mayor, 12 ward seats)
Length of term
3 years

Gisborne District Council (Māori: Te Kaunihera o Te Tairāwhiti) is the unitary authority for the Gisborne District of New Zealand.[1]

The council consists of the mayor of Gisborne, Rehette Stoltz, and 12 ward councillors.[1]



  • Mayor: Rehette Stoltz
  • Gisborne Ward: nine councillors
  • Waipaoa Ward: one councillor
  • Matakaoa-Waiapu Ward: one councillor
  • Taruheru-Patutahi Ward: one councillor[1]


The council was established in 1989, through the merger of Gisborne County Council and Cook County Council. The county councils were formed in 1876, following the abolition of the Auckland provincial government.[2][3]

Uawa County was split off from Cook County in 1918,[4] but re-merged in 1964.[5]


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c "About Gisborne District Council". Gisborne District Council.
  2. ^ Fraser, B (1986). The New Zealand Book of Events. Auckland: Reed Methuen.
  3. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer.
  4. ^ Mackay, Joseph Angus (1949). "Chapter XXXIX — Local Government: Uawa County". Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z. Gisborne, New Zealand: Joseph Angus Mackay. p. 404. Retrieved 28 May 2012 – via New Zealand Electronic Text Collection.
  5. ^ Williams, Lynette (26 February 2009). "Tolaga Bay Wharf". Rarangi Taonga: the Register of Historic Places, Historic Areas, Wahi Tapu and Wahi Tapu Areas. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga. Historical Narrative: Opening of the wharf. Retrieved 28 May 2012.

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Coordinates: 38°39′54″S 178°01′40″E / 38.6649761°S 178.0276827°E / -38.6649761; 178.0276827

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